Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

Summary: The first 2011 update to my Microsoft Codename Tracker chart is done and ready for download. Among the new codenames in this installment is Microsoft "Rome," Mediaroom for Windows Phone 7.

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The first 2011 update to my Microsoft Codename Tracker chart is done and ready for download.

As usual, there are a handful of new codename additions since last month's chart. One of the newest is "Rome," a codename I believe will become more visible as 2011 progresses.

Rome, my sources say, is Mediaroom for Windows Phone 7. Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV offering, I've got more details on Rome in the introduction to this month’s Codename Tracker.

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  • If all roads really lead to 'Rome'...

    Rome is burning
    do_not
    • However, Rome was dominant for centuries

      and, although Rome wasn't built in a day, it's civilization set the standards for many other civilizations to come.
      adornoe
      • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

        @adornoe@...


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        zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

        read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

        Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

        Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

        Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

        Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

        100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

        caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
        it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
        that may not save you time...
        caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
        caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
        caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
        caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
        Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
        caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
        and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
        caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
        WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
        caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
        caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
        caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
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        caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

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        Pandoria13@hotmail.com

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        Page-Cray
      • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

        @adornoe@... like the "INQUISITION(S)?
        LIKE 1994 RWANDA?
        UGANDA?
        Avenueoflight
      • AvenueOfFlight: Are those countries the best examples you can think of for

        "civilizations"?

        Haven't there been a lot more civilizations established after the Roman empire, besides those you cite?

        Is choosing the worst case scenarios going to prove my points wrong?

        And, are those examples you chose, examples of civilizations like the Romans?
        adornoe
      • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

        ... and then it decayed due to its size, abuses, and corruption
        djxmatthews
    • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

      @do_not

      I?m optimistic about WP7 too but I?m not ready to declare it smoking hot just yet.
      Mythos7
      • I think do-not meant his post in a negative sense towards Microsoft

        and not as a positive.

        But, I might also be misreading your post as an attempt to counter do-not's post into a positive spin.
        adornoe
      • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

        @Mythos7

        DECLARE HELL u gona pay for IT>>>>

        Working in the Pink Diamond Mine.... large discovery....
        Create Chaos Pandoria13

        A very unique occurrence in nature has been found;
        analyzed; assessed; weighed; tested; enhanced;
        implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

        www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

        zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

        read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

        Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

        Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

        Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

        Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

        100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

        caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
        it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
        that may not save you time...
        caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
        caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
        caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
        caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
        Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
        caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
        and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
        caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
        WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
        caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
        caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
        caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
        caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
        caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

        caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

        Pandoria13@hotmail.com

        2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
        Page-Cray
    • Message has been deleted.

      Page-Cray
  • In Rome do like the Romans do

    Microsoft is a great company with fantastic, they should just refrain from competiting with others where they come second or third place and offer premature solutions. Instead of pushing windows Mobile they should better support Android, instead of competing with Apple they should simply offer their products for Apple in a decent quality. In Rome do like the Romans do.
    magachet
    • But, Microsoft would tell you that they are "Rome" and that

      all others should do as Microsoft expects.

      By your logic, shouldn't it be the other players that should do as the Romans do, with Microsoft being Rome and the others playing on Microsoft's turf?
      adornoe
      • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

        @adornoe That was so true ten years ago...
        magachet
      • magachet: The reality is that, Microsoft is still the biggest cat

        in the jungle, and when it roars, everybody else stops to see what the cat is up to.

        Apple may have the bigger market-cap at the moment, but Microsoft has the most products and the most immersed into all things internet and all things computer.

        Therefore, they still have the biggest turf on the planet, and everybody else is watching their steps.

        I know it's fashionable to knock Microsoft, but, they are still be biggest game in any town.
        adornoe
    • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

      @magachet
      If it were that simple, there would be no competition.
      nkfro
  • People are still chasing the vapor?

    How about Cairo or Longhorn - weren't those the codenames everyone was chasing in the 90's and the 00's?
    MS promises leaps and bounds, but still keeps applying lacquer to the NT kernel.
    WAKE UP.
    Blargh Jones
    • No

      @Blargh Jones Listening to people like you one would think MSFT never shipped any product.
      MSFTWorshipper
  • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

    If all roads led to Rome then they don't lead to f_cking Microsoft which, is becoming like Lehman Brothers was before it got downsized. Microsoft needs to be f_cking downsize before the government does something about them! Hopefully soon P.S. Up yours Microsoft
    milldogtjm
  • RE: Microsoft codenames: Do all roads really lead to 'Rome'?

    IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN THERE IS NO NEED OF INNOVATION. ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME YES BUT COMPETITIVELY NOT DIRECTLY. WHEN AM TURKEY I MAY DRIVE THROUGH CHINA JAPAN ALASKA FRANCE INTO ROME AND IT WILL REMAIN ROAD TO ROME
    wasonga8@...
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